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Fed up with the Fed? When people in Washington start creating fancy new phrases, instead of using plain English, you know they are doing something they don’t want us to understand. It was an act of war when we started bombing Libya. But the administration chose to call it “kinetic military action.” When the Federal Reserve System started creating hundreds of billions of dollars out of thin air, they called it “quantitative easing” of the money supply. When that didn’t work, they created more money and called it “quantitative easing 2” or “QE2,” instead of saying: “We are going to print more dollars – and hope it works this time.” But there is already plenty of money sitting around idle in banks and businesses. The policies of this administration make it risky to lend money, with Washington politicians coming up with one reason after another why borrowers shouldn’t have to pay it back when it is due, or perhaps not pay it back at all. That’s called “loan modification” or various other fancy names for welching on debts. Is it surprising that lenders have become reluctant to lend? Private businesses have amassed record amounts of cash, which they could use to hire more people – if this administration were not generating vast amounts of uncertainty about what the costs are going to be for ObamaCare, among other unpredictable employer costs, from a government heedless or hostile toward business. As a result, it is often cheaper or less risky for employers to work the existing employees overtime, or to hire temporary workers, who are not eligible for employee benefits. But lack of money is not the problem. Those who are true believers in the oldtime Keynesian economic religion will always say that the only reason creating more money hasn’t worked is because there has not yet been enough money created. To them, if QE2 hasn’t worked, then we need QE3. And if that doesn’t work, then we will need QE4, etc. Like most of the mistakes being made in Washington today, this dogmatic faith in government spending is something that has been tried before – and failed before. Henry Morgenthau, Secretary of the Treasury under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, said confidentially to fellow Democrats in 1939: “We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent

before and it does not work.” As for the Federal Reserve today, a headline in the Wall Street Journal of April 25th said, “Fed Searches for Next Step.” That is a big part of the problem. It is not politically possible for either the Federal Reserve or the Obama administration to leave the economy alone and let it recover on its own. Both are under pressure to “do something.” If one thing doesn’t work, then they have to try something else. And if that doesn’t work, they have to come up with yet another gimmick. All this constant experimentation by the government makes it more risky for investors to invest or employers to employ, when neither of them knows when the government’s rules of the game are going to change again. Whatever the merits or demerits of particular government policies, the uncertainty that such ever-changing policies generate can paralyze an economy today, just as it did back in the days of FDR. The idea that the federal government has to step in whenever there is a downturn in the economy is an economic dogma that ignores much of the history of the United States. During the first 100 years of the United States, there was no Federal Reserve. During the first 150 years, the federal government did not engage in massive intervention when the economy turned down. No economic downturn in all those years ever lasted as long as the Great Depression of the 1930s, when both the Federal Reserve and the administrations of Hoover and of FDR intervened. The myth that has come down to us says that the government had to intervene when there was mass unemployment in the 1930s. But the hard data show that there was no mass unemployment until after the federal government intervened. Yet, once having intervened, it was politically impossible to stop and let the economy recover on its own. That was the fundamental problem then – and now.

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letters to the editor Finally! To the Editor: President Obama finally releasing his birth certificate begs the question: Why did he wait so long? Instead of putting this seemingly simple issue to rest from the beginning, he strangely decided to allow “birthers” to continually distract the nation from important matters and ultimately let Donald Trump, of all people, back him into a corner. One can only assume that Obama’s decision revolved around some odd political strategy that, in the end, fell apart when Trump made the scene and made him look silly. As I have said time and time again, we need less politics and more leadership in this country. Hopefully, all of our political leaders have learned a lesson from this. Carl Schroeder Wildwood

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To the Editor: Thomas, your articles are more and more laughable each and every week. I get so excited each week when I get to read your biased, yellow journalism “opinion” segments that I sometimes forget to stare at your wonderful photo. Let us decipher your March 23 article, “The ‘Redevelopment’ Hoax.” First of all, whites are the minority race in the (San Francisco) Bay Area, as this is one of the most diverse cities in the country. Also, California is broke and the real estate bubble already busted. Nobody wants to live there or invest in new/redevelopment at this time. You should know this; you live there. Come to the Midwest and look at Manchester Road in St. Louis County, a local epicenter of new/redevelopment. My wife is African-American; I am white. We work hard and raise our children with Midwestern values, a good education and a safe place to live. West County is an amazing place to live, and it is at least 90 percent white. Should that bother us? Is this a race war-zone with whites pushing other races out of the area because of your conspiracy theory of a development/ redevelopment hoax? All this does is upset people who read this garbage. We have been all over the country and feel that this is home. We moved to Ellisville from the North side of Chicago (diverse, diverse, diverse) two years ago, and the people of Missouri treat us and each other with 2,000 percent more respect. Respect is a revolving door. Sure, we get a look here and there, but you can’t change everyone … even in San Francisco, as you

should already know, depicting yourself a Bay Area economist and ethnicity expert. My issue with this segment is that it is counterproductive and just plain wrong to blame a specific race for ousting lowincome individuals for, in turn, “economic redevelopment/development”gains. Development/redevelopment both are an upgrade to either a new or an existing location. Shouldn’t this be the ultimate goal across the United States – the American dream, per se? Isn’t this the American banter we have been spoon-fed since birth? Bigger, better, faster, more efficient, effective, safer, more money … your definition of elites. Point being, your key-point regarding the “hoax” is entirely irrelevant. Adam Paul Ellisville

Defending the president

To the Editor: I read an opinion article in this week’s (April 27) West Newsmagazine written by a woman who obviously can find nothing positive to say about our president. She criticizes everything he does – no matter how significant or trivial it might be – and she implies that he is the only person who does such things. She thinks he is insincere because his attempt to close Gitmo, as he promised, was met by opposition that brought trial of the inmates to a halt for two years. She accuses him of being indecisive in dealing with Libya and Egypt because he took the time to consider the consequences of various options and he sought and received the assistance and advice of other world leaders before launching an unpopular invasion as his predecessor did. She even accuses him of being “insufficiently patriotic” based on her totally inaccurate view that he took a “world apology tour.” According to her, he is insensitive to our debt and intent on insolvency based on her view that he stonewalled the budget debate. She conveniently forgets that our debt crisis emerged before he took office and members of both parties agreed that massive spending to save the financial community was imperative and that the root causes of our debt crisis was two unfunded wars, a huge unfunded prescription drug bill, a failed “trickle down” tax reduction favoring the wealthy, and deregulation that opened the doors to uncontrolled abuse by the financial community. She overlooks the fact that the Republican Party vowed from day one to bring him down, then forced a filibuster-proof majority on major bills followed by en mass

partisan voting. She faults him for taking vacation during wartime. She forgets that we have been at war for about 10 years now and that he takes about 10 percent of the vacation time taken by his predecessor. She is also appalled that he ran up the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial to buy an ice cream cone! Scandalous behavior! John Doolittle Grover

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To the Editor: I have noticed more and more that what was once American-made or Americaowned is now being sent away or being bought up from under us. “American Idol” is run by people from England. Even HGTV seems to have a strong influence from that same country, not to mention all the other countries who now own us. I watch HGTV and enjoy many of their programs. One that I watched just to see what it was about: “House Hunters International.” Well, seems we have people who have made a lot of money in the good old USA but prefer to vacation in other countries. Everyone else is trying to get into the USA but those who have profited the most choose to go outside of their country to buy vacation homes at very high prices and to be used for very short periods of time. But that is their choice and their money. What bothered me the most was when I saw a guy who works for the IRS, lives in a very expensive home in Baltimore, Md., and was looking for a place in the tropics and his budget was $800,000. How does someone whose salary I pay, working for the government and making sure all of us pay our taxes, get that kind of salary and no one noticed? We have lost control. It’s high time those in the White House, Congress and federal employees take a huge pay cut, stick their “entitlements” into Social Security and try to live and retire like the rest of us. We pay for their entitlements (which never get touched by anyone by them) because we pay their salaries. Are there any real, honest politicians that can see that “we the people” are being treated like “subjects” instead of citizens? The inmates are in charge of the nuthouse. We criticize other countries’ leaders for their greed and dictatorship. We have just as greedy politicians, only we have more dictators than they do. Marilyn Ware Pacific

Good doctor To the Editor: Most parents want what is best for their children and would go to great lengths to get whatever that is. I wanted to write this letter to tell you about the best pediatrician, who literally saved my infant son’s life, and she is right here in West County: Dr. Caryn Garriga. I do not work for Dr. Garriga, nor am I related to her, but her expertise saved my 6-day-old child’s life and because of that I feel like I have to tell everyone about her. On my new son’s first office visit, Dr. Garriga felt a mass near his kidney, a mass that many of the doctors at Children’s Hospital, where we were sent the next day, called “subtle,” and “nearly undetectable.” And those were the doctors that actually could feel it. Nearly all of the experts at Children’s Hospital daily sang the praises of Dr. Garriga, continually calling her work “a great find” and many, after continuous poking and prodding on my six-pound baby’s stomach, still could not feel it. For the first month of his life, my son underwent urine tests, blood tests, bone marrow tests, tests that injected radioactive dye into his little body, and finally, when a neuroblastoma was confirmed, a five-hour surgery. Due to Dr. Garriga’s early detection and the surgeon’s tremendous work, our baby does not need chemotherapy and is cancer-free! When I think about Dr. Garriga’s great find at just a typical office visit where no symptoms were present and on a patient that could not say a word, I am reduced to tears. She absolutely found my son’s tumor at the earliest stage possible and because of her, he can now live a normal life, with no memory of how the scar that stretches across his abdomen came to be. Dr. Garriga has done more for my baby in his first two months of life that I can hope to do in a lifetime. She has given him the opportunity to be healthy and happy and to grow and develop like a normal boy. If he didn’t already have a good name, he might be the only boy in West County named Caryn! Stephanie Horner Ellisville

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How should we feel about Bin Laden’s death? I’m not sure really. But we should not feel sadness or guilt. Osama Bin Laden was a despicable human being, and does not deserve our regrets that human beings generally receive upon their passing. We also should not feel joy or euphoria. The impromptu parties outside of the White House were a bit much. Our military achieved an important victory, and that should not look the same as when our sports team wins the big game. Personally, I felt happy and relieved. “Finally,” I thought. The fact is that the world is a better place without this monster in it. I definitely feel happy about that. I also felt overwhelming pride toward our military – and not just toward the ones who found and killed Bin Laden. This was a victory for all the men and women who joined up knowing there was a likelihood they would see combat. I thought about all the military victories we have had in the last decade. I wished there was a statue of Bin Laden the world could have seen us pull down. That does not mean that the world is a safer place without Bin Laden. I am not sure that it is, so I understand the people who have said they are scared about retaliation. I understand, but it saddens me – almost as though the terrorist achieved a victory even in getting killed.

side of a military base in Pakistan, surrounded by family. I suppose there had been some solace that he was confined to a cave leading a horrible existence for the last near-decade. Every time I think of him living in the suburbs, it makes my blood boil. I have chuckled when people have mistakenly said “Obama” instead of “Osama.” Somebody brought up in the office how “Obama (meaning ‘Osama’) was totally against women receiving an education.” I did not even know that. I am not much for conspiracies. I do not think we secretly have his body stashed away somewhere. I do not think he is still alive. I believe he was killed that day with bullets fired from the rifle of a Navy SEAL, and I believe we were honorable enough to bury his body at sea. I am not sure how to feel for families who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001 or in the ensuing war on terror. I try to empathize, but I am not certain this changes anything. For our fallen military, I feel just as much gratitude for their sacrifice the day after Bin Laden’s death as I felt the day before. For the families of 9/11 victims, I feel the same amount of sorrow. I hope that right before they stormed Bin Laden’s compound, one of the Navy SEALs thought to turn to the others and say, “Let’s roll.”

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Group effort More than 50 people on April 30 worked to build a new community garden at the Wildwood Family YMCA. In six and a half hours, the group built and filled 42 raised beds. At press time, the fence was under construction and planting was scheduled for May 7. Members of the community donated all materials for the project, which was constructed by individuals who will have plots there, the Lafayette High School National Honor Society, and Boy Scout Troop 677 from Living Word United Methodist Church. Garden plots all have been claimed, but names are being taken for a waiting list. will teach parents how to properly install the car seat and how to safely restrain the child. Each car seat inspection will take about 20 minutes. For more information or to schedule an appointment for faster service, contact Sgt. Nancy Walker at 227-7777 or at “Drive-ups” during the event also will be welcomed. Kids can bring in their existing helmet for inspection and fitting by a police officer. Police also can inspect bicycles for safety and correct fitting. A limited number of free helmets will be available to residents who cannot afford them. The event also will feature information on child safety issues such as child fingerprinting and bicycle safety. Ellisville police and neighboring police and fire departments will display emergency equipment and have police officers and firefighters on hand to answer questions. There will be free hot dogs, soda, water, pizza and popcorn, plus games and prizes for kids. Raffles will held every 30 minutes for gift certificates donated by area businesses.

Gambrill Gardens requests change The Ellisville City Council on May 4 heard a petition from a retirement community to amend the use for two of its buildings from independent living to assisted living. Mary Jane Harris, chief operating officer of Gambrill Gardens, said the 293-unit center is filled with many residents who have lived there for more than 25 years, and some of them need more care than what the facility currently is able to provide. Harris told the council the residents in need do not want to leave Gambrill Gardens. Harris said the retirement community

would also be making minor changes to its campus, including adding new sprinkler systems and a community room. Gambrill Gardens, located at 1 Strecker Road, has a registered nurse, chaplain, and recreational therapist on its staff. The council will vote on the matter at its next meeting, May 18.


Legislative forum The Wildwood Family YMCA will host a legislative forum featuring Missouri House Rep. Don Gosen, Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones, and Wildwood Mayor Tim Woerther from 7:30-9 a.m. on Fri., May 27 at the Y, 2641 Hwy. 109. The panel will discuss state and city happenings of the past year, and there will be time for questions and answers. A light breakfast will be provided, and the event is open to the public, but seating is limited. To register, call 458-6636, ext. 232.

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Wildwood continues a slow path toward high speed By SARAH WILSON The city of Wildwood’s Rural Internet Access Committee (RIAC) at its May 3 meeting after receiving four requests for proposal to bring Internet access to the city decided to move forward and present their progress to city council. “We’re in the final run of making a recommendation, which is what this committee was set up to do three or four years ago, and I think we’re now on the final leg,” Richard Kallaus, RIAC committee chair, said. The four companies that submitted proposals and are being considered include

Charter Communications, Pulse Broadband, St. Louis Broadband and WisperISP. The committee passed a motion stating that all four proposals were received by the April 12 deadline, with each having certain deficiencies. However, those deficiencies will be waived so the committee can move forward. “What I envision is that we’ll have three meetings, possibly more,” Kallaus said. “I think a good goal of that first meeting would be to narrow our selection down to two. If that’s not possible, we’ll find that out as we try to go through them. In the course of narrowing it down to two, we’ll

have criteria and guidelines for making that decision.” After narrowing the possibilities to two potential Internet providers, the committee plans to hear oral presentations from both companies and give them a chance to respond to any unanswered questions. Wildwood City Councilmember David Sewell (Ward 6), RIAC council liaison, said the committee itself could not make a decision but that it would go to the city council for recommendation. “We’re going to have to be very clear and precise as to what the next steps are for the committee and exactly what steps we envi-

A standout gentleman in a gentleman’s game Parkway South golf coach suffers fatal heart attack just days after victory in district tournament By WARREN MAYES Mark Wade, the Parkway South golf coach who led the Patriots to a state championship in 2000 and to seven district championships in the past 11 years, passed away on Sat., April 30. Wade, 59, suffered an apparent heart attack. Wade was a 30-year math educator and coach at Parkway South. Wade served also as a Parkway South administrator and as the math department team leader for the past 11 years. During his tenure, Wade was considered by his colleagues and students as an outstanding teacher, coach, colleague and friend who had a significant positive impact on all he touched. The news hit Chip Allison, Parkway South’s athletic director, hard. “We’re hanging in there,” Allison said. “You’re not going to find a better man and I’m not saying that just because he passed away. He was a good man, a good father, a good husband and a good teacher. He was in great shape for being 59 years old or even for someone who’s 39 years old.” Wade’s unexpected death came during the golf postseason. His Patriots won the Class 4 District 2 tournament on April 27 at Persimmon Woods. Parkway South edged CBC to win the district title. It was Wade’s seventh district title. Allison attended the tournament. “I was teasing him before their district meet and – he and I started here 30 years ago, so we know we each other well and I could get away with kidding him about

it – I said, ‘You’re still one behind me,’” Allison said. “When I was the wrestling coach, I won seven district titles. We had a good laugh about that.” CBC Cadets Coach Scott Pingel said Wade’s death was a big loss to the high school golf community. “I did get to know Coach Wade pretty well over these last six years,” Pingel said. “He was a great man to emulate just by watching how he did things. He did things the right way, and everything he did was done with a lot of class. He was always willing to help other coaches. “I got to know Coach Wade as a math teacher as well. I observed his class two times and saw his interaction with the kids. He was amazing with high school kids in the math class. Over the years of golf, we probably talked just about as much math as we did golf. He was so easy to talk to.” Pingel said what he would miss about Wade was “his smile and quick wit.” “He was always content with his life,” Pingel said. “He was a great, great guy and he will be missed around the links.” Veteran DeSmet Coach Frank Hawkey agreed. “Mark was a great guy to be around. He was always upbeat,” Hawkey said. “He had a genuine interest in his players and always wanted the best for them. He was the same way in the classroom. Since we teach the same thing, we would talk about students and classes. He always had the best for them in his mind. We’ll all miss him.” Marquette Coach Eric Schweain competed frequently with his Mustangs against Wade’s squad. “I coached against him for seven years,

Mark Wade led the Parkway South golf team to seven district championships in the past 11 years. He passed away just days after the most recent.

and I can’t say enough positive things about the man,” Schweain said. “After I received the news Saturday night, I woke up Sunday morning hoping it was a nightmare; when I found out it wasn’t, I spent most of the day in a fog. “He was the consummate professional.

sion for moving forward,” Sewell said. Joe Vujnich, Wildwood director of planning and parks, said finances have not yet been discussed in detail but will be as the committee moves forward. “The good news is we’re finally at a point, and it’s not predetermined, but hopefully it results in a recommendation,” Kallaus said. “We’re an open-minded group here that are looking at this very factually and pragmatically for the benefit of the residents and to safeguard the city.” The committee’s next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., May 18 at Pond Elementary. Yes, he was competitive, and golf doesn’t always reflect that side of people compared with most sports. However, just like golf is the gentleman’s game, he was always the first to come up and congratulate you when your team played well. I truly loved the man and am still struggling with this.” Schweain said Wade related to everyone, and that made him special. “He was such a people’s person,” Schweain said. “He would pull up to an event with a carload of players, smile and greet everyone before going out to help any kid look for a potential lost golf ball or give encouraging words to anyone. The difference between golf and other sports is the way the opponents work together – players and coaches. “I got to ride around with Coach Wade and talk about golf, and life, while our players would play for themselves and their schools. I know the golf coaches in our conference and district very well for that reason; I am so thankful that I knew Mark; he was a great human being. I plan to honor his legacy by living my life in much the same way.” Parkway South advanced to the Class 4 Sectional 2 meet at Westwood Hills Country Club, which was to be held on May 4 but was pushed back to May 6. Assistant Coach Jason Koehrer, 36, at presstime was slated to coach the Patriots. He has been Wade’s assistant for the last five years and teaches math. “He will lead the team for the rest of the season,” Allison said. Wade helped develop many golfers over the years. Kyle Weldon, a senior on the current squad, will go on to play college golf at Kansas State. Scott Langley is a senior at Illinois and has had great success at the next level. Langley is the defending NCAA champion. That got him a spot in the U.S. Open last summer, and Langley was the low amateur with a 16th-place finish. Wade attended the tournament at Pebble Beach and saw Langley play.

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“I feel relief and satisfaction that this massmurderer has finally been brought to justice. I don’t know what effect it will have on the war on terrorism in the long run, but today we can all breathe a little easier and celebrate a long-awaited victory in the War on Terror.” - Chris Carlson, 48, Wildwood Chris Carlson

- Matt Kroeker, 22, Wildwood “It was welcomed news. … I’m glad they were able to capture him and I hope (the War on Terror) will continue to dismantle Al Qaeda.” - Ellisville Mayor Matt Pirrello Matt Pirrello “I felt relieved. Hopefully, the U.S. is now one step closer to ending the War on Terrorism – finally.” - Karen Missey, 33, Des Peres Karen Missey “I felt a cool chill knowing that the mastermind of such a horrific attack on America was finally found and killed. I was so proud and thankful of our troops who have continued to fight to protect our country. This is a huge step in fighting terrorism. The U.S. has proven that we will not back down from any direct threat to our country. The nationalism shown when the news was delivered proved to the world that we are, in fact, one nation that will not back down. On a side note, the fact that this occurred on the same day that (the late Pope) John Paul II – the world’s greatest advocate for peace – was beatified is an absolutely beautiful testament of faith and prayer.” - Andrew Shipp, 22, Creve Coeur “The best news I’ve heard in a long time. … I don’t think they (Al Qaeda) will take it lying down.” - Creve Coeur Mayor Harold Dielmann Harold Dielmann

“Good riddance. I do think people need to be a little more cautious now, because we know there are crazy “I felt like you feel people that will retaliate.” when you hear your favorite sports team - Manchester Alderman John Schrader, won the championship after a long season. 47 I felt excitement, relief and gratitude. I think that Bin Laden’s death will send a “I am pretty pumped. clear message to the rest of the world that, It’s an exciting even if it takes 10 years, we’re not going to announcement, and I yield to terrorism, we’re don’t think there is any not going to forget, and point in worrying about we’re not going to stop retaliation at this point. until justice has been I doubt this gives the Matt Kroeker served.” families of the victims - Phillip Berger, 24, closure, but hopefully it Chesterfield Phillip Berger gives them the sense we are headed in the right direction. It’s another step in what is “I was a bit anxious still sure to be a long process.” that it would lead to retaliation, but I was


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“It’s about time. We finally made this happen and now that chapter is closed.” - Margot Smith, 72, Manchester

“I was glad and relieved to hear that the person ultimately responsible for thouDavid Fuchs sands of American deaths had finally been “Before they actually judged. I sincerely hope this provides said that Bin Laden was killed, I was wor- some measure of comfort and closure for ried that Obama was going to announce the thousands of families who have sufthat we were going to war with Libya, so fered through the death and injuries of their I was double happy and surprised to hear loved ones in the pursuit of bringing this the news. This is a huge step in the war on terrorist to justice. We can only hope that terror, and hopefully many more like it can this event will serve to weaken the terrorist be made to bring down Al Qaeda.” network and send a powerful message to - T.J. Duane, 22, Ellisville

other terrorists worldwide.” - Dennis Wall, 51, Chesterfield “I wish they hadn’t killed him. In their religion, that just makes him a martyr. They should have brought him here instead and treated him like a criminal.” - Jackie Biggs, 78, Manchester


an end to U.S. war on terrorism. I also fear retaliation and worry about the troops, particularly my nephew who is being deployed to Pakistan.” - June Christoff, 47, Chesterfield

“Honestly, I was completely surprised. It had been so long since I had heard any news of Bin Laden that I had resigned myself to “When I first heard the news I was skep- thinking that we would never catch him. I tical. Are we sure it was indeed him, and think that the war on terror has moved past how do we know for sure, as the body was Bin Laden. It is a great sentimental victory, ‘buried at sea.’ I think it’s good news that but I don’t think it will stop very much Osama Bin Laden is dead; however, and from happening.” unfortunately, it doesn’t necessarily mean - Allison Sinnet, 36, Ballwin

“I think it’s a good thing. It will boost the morale of our troops.” - Manchester Alderman Paul Hamill, 37 “For 10 years Bin Laden has been the face of fear and evil to the U.S.; thank God that fear and evil is brought to justice. I hope this inspires our troops to finish the war on terror” - Steven Johnson, 34, Chesterfield “Although I think that it is a great victory for America, I am a little surprised how bloodthirsty people have been over this. I have a hard time rejoicing over the death of another human being, no matter how terrible. I hope this has a catalyzing effect in ending the war on terror” - Stephanie Turnbell, 29, Wildwood “I felt a sense of triumph, but far less than I would have felt had this happened much sooner. Our world is more destabilized right now and there are far more splintered terrorists groups; so I think this will be cause or excuse for more terrorist activity in the short run. In the long term, I hope it will help bring about further healing for all who seek to live together in peace.” - Debbie Mannion, 47, Chesterfield “I’m glad he’s out of the picture. I really wasn’t 100 percent sure he’d be alive up to this point, and really, I’d rather have seen him caught alive.” - Manchester AlderJohn Diehl man John Diehl, 64 “Concerning Bin Laden, ‘as he sowed he shall reap.’ With regard to the war on terrorism, we eliminated an influential leader, but did not end the war.” - Earl Engelman, 56, Wildwood Earl Engelman

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The Chesterfield Amphitheater will accommodate 2,500 people in lawn and stadium-style seating. The venue is set to open this month.

Chesterfield Amphitheater grand opening set for May 21 Full day of fun and festivities planned By MARCIA GUCKES Everything is on schedule for the grand opening of Chesterfield’s new $7 million amphitheater in Central Park. The free “Celebrate Central Park” festivities are set to start at 10 a.m. on Sat., May 21 and are open to the public. Grand opening events will begin with a classic car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Safety Fair exhibits will be on display all day from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other all-day activities will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include train rides, inflatables, caricature drawings, face painting magicians, and various food vendors. A hike on the new trails around the amphitheater can result in more than good exercise if one grabs a punch card and participates in the scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunt winners may take home $50 gas cards, Cardinals tickets, a new gas grill, and more. Guests even will have the opportunity to catch an aerial view of the amphitheater and park from a tethered hot air balloon. Rides will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. Entertainment on the amphitheater stage will begin at 11 a.m. with a gymnastics

demonstration and will continue throughout the day with dance and music acts until the final act, which takes the stage from 8:45 to 10 p.m. Radio Disney and Y98 Radio will be broadcasting live from the scene. Construction of the Chesterfield Amphitheater began after voters approved a halfcent sales tax in 2004. The venue holds more than 2,500 people in lawn and stadium seating. It also boasts state-of-the-art audio technology as well as the convenience of a concession stand and restrooms. Central Park and the Chesterfield Amphitheater are located west of Chesterfield Mall on Lydia Hill Drive. Parking is available in the Central Park parking lot, along Veterans Memorial Drive, in the parking lot on the west side of Chesterfield Mall, and near the former Bahama Breeze restaurant. Chesterfield Assistant City Administrator for Community Services & Economic Development Libby Malberg-Tucker said the city had arranged for three 55-passenger shuttles to transport visitors to and from parking lots on the west side of Chesterfield Mall every 10 to 15 minutes throughout the grand opening celebration.

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site by Delmar Gardens at Conway Ridge. The council approved also a zoning change for construction of a nursing home on 8 acres located north of Wildhorse Creek Road and west of Wild Horse Parkway Drive. Chairperson of the Planning and Public Works Committee Connie Fults said the council will still need to approve a conditional use permit before construction can begin. The developer is Plan Provisions, LLC.





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City of Ballwin, Missouri notiCE of PuBliC HEaring May 24, 2011 DESIGN OF KEHRS MILL ROAD RESURFACING AND SIDEWALK PROJECT

Notice is hereby given to all interested persons that a public hearing will be held at the Ballwin Golf Club located at 333 Holloway Road on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm Central Daylight Savings Time. Handicap access is available. All interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard concerning their views on the design of the Kehrs Mill Road Resurfacing and Sidewalk Project with reference to the economic and social effects of such design, its impact of the environment and its consistency with the goals and objectives of the community. The presently contemplated improvement is as follows: This project is located between Clayton Road to Holloway Road, a distance of about 1.5 miles. The work consists of removing and replacing the top 4 inches of the asphalt pavement maintaining the same width of pavement. The existing concrete curb and gutters, drainage inlets and storm sewers will not be impacted and will remain in place. An additional 6,000 feet of 5 foot wide sidewalk will be constructed along the south side to provide continuous sidewalks along both sides of Kehrs Mill Road between Clayton Road and Holloway Road. Maps, plats, and other detailed information prepared by the City of Ballwin and its engineering consultant H. R. Green, will be available for public inspection and copying at the office of the City Engineer at 200 Park Drive, Ballwin, Missouri 63011. Written statements and exhibits as well as oral statements will be received at the hearing. Written statements and exhibits will be made a part of the public hearing transcript if received within ten days after the date of the hearing. Tentative schedules for right of way acquisition and construction will be discussed at the hearing. If you are disabled and require special services at the public hearing, please notify City Engineer Gary Kramer at 636-227-9000 or RELAY MISSOURI 1-800-735-2966 TDD so that arrangements for those services can be made. City of Ballwin By City EnginEEr

Manchester Police Lt. Timothy Walsh is sworn in as the city’s full-time police chief.

Manchester swears in aldermen, full-time police chief Several employees honored for service to city By BRIAN MCDOWELL Once the results of the April 5 election were certified at the Manchester Board of Aldermen’s May 2 meeting, the city swore in its two newly elected aldermen as well as an official, full-time police chief. Aldermen Paul Hamill (Ward 1) and John Schrader (Ward 3) were sworn in and took their seats on the board. Departing Alderman Don Ryan (Ward 3) received a token of appreciation for his service to the city. Former Alderman Bob Tullock (Ward 1) was due also to receive such a token but was not present at the meeting. The city honored several of its employees as well. City Attorney Patrick Gunn received a plaque and an eagle sculpture from Manchester Mayor Dave Willson in commemoration of his 35 years as city attorney. Several of Gunn’s law associates and family members surprised him by filing into the meeting room for the presentation. City Clerk Ruth Baker was given a plaque in celebration of Municipal Clerks Week. Willson congratulated City Manager Ed Blattner and Parks Director Eileen Collins for the help they provided with recent post-tornado cleanup efforts in Maryland Heights. The city of Manchester sent a truck, a wood chipper and a crew to help clean up storm damage in neighborhoods, and the Manchester Parks Department also sent a crew of people to help.

Hamill introduced legislation to confirm Lt. Timothy Walsh, who for the last two years has served as Manchester’s acting police chief, as the city’s full-time police chief. The measure was passed 6-0. Aldermen Hal Roth (Ward 1) and Marilyn Ottenad (Ward 2) previously had voted against hiring Walsh as chief. Ottenad explained her change of heart by citing good feelings about Walsh expressed by citizens of her ward. Walsh was then sworn in as the city’s full-time police chief and promised to make every effort to provide the best service to the community. He said being officially named chief would make him more able to promote people and to put people in different roles within the city’s police department. “I live here,” Walsh said. “Manchester is my community. I wanted to be given the chance to do what I can to make it better.” Manchester Alderman Mike Clement (Ward 2) nominated Ottenad, the longest serving current Manchester alderman, for president of the city’s board of aldermen. While the previous board was in place, Ottenad had failed to garner more than three votes for the position of board president, and the board presidency was the subject of a lawsuit filed by Tullock, who claimed the position was rightfully his. Ottenad on May 2 was elected by a 6-0 margin to head the board.




Ballwin’s newest alderman seeks ‘creative solutions’ By BETSY ZATKULAK After officially taking his seat as alderman for Ballwin’s Ward 2 at the city’s April 25 board of aldermen meeting, Mark Harder, a Ballwin resident since 1993, said he hoped to bridge the gap between residents and city government and be the voice for creative solutions. “We’ve got to look at things and go outside of the box,” Harder said. “I want to try to bring up some ideas to challenge people to think differently.” As an example, Harder said he would like to list on the city’s website the vendors with which the city does business, show what transactions take place and list how much is spent with each vendor. “It’s not my idea, but it’s modeled after

the Mehlville Fire Department, which did the same thing when they had credibility issues as far as where the money was going,” Harder said. “It’s just getting people to think that way. … The spirit of it is to identify where the money is going and let everybody know what’s being spent.” Another thing Harder said he would like to do is help create a permanent listing on the city’s website that lets residents know when work is going to take place on city streets and if work is going to be delayed. St. Louis;Rhymes;E00374;7.458x8.687-4C

“I met with the public works people and they agreed it was a good decision,” he said. As for bridging the gap between residents and government, Harder said he was in the process of studying all of the city departments, their budgets, what they do and how they operate so he could talk intelligently with residents when issues arise. “I hope to not be somebody that will just throw (residents) over to the person and say, ‘Go talk to him,’” he said. “I want

to be that middle person that refines what residents are looking for, then puts them in touch with right person instead of making them chase voicemails or emails.” Harder said he was excited about bringing new ideas and other people’s ideas to the city of Ballwin. “I don’t know all of the answers, and I don’t profess to have all of the answers,” Harder said. “I just want (the board of aldermen) to think outside of the box on all of these issues.”

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MoDOT cuts $512 million from budget Citing a transportation funding crisis, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Director Kevin Keith on May 4 presented a plan to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to redeuce the size of the department’s staff by 1,200, close 135 facilities and sell more than 740 pieces of equipment. For the past five years, Missouri’s state highway construction program has averaged $1.2 billion a year; the new, five-year program is half that amount - about $600 million a year. The plan includes closing district offices in Macon, Joplin and Willow Springs. Staff reduction would occur through attrition and transfers, and, as a last step, layoffs, MoDOT officials said. The commission is expected to act on the proposal on June 8. If approved, the recommendations would begin being put into place immediately, with full implementation in December 2012.

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Manchester amphitheater to open this month By BRIAN MCDOWELL Springtime rains caused some brief delays to the completion of the new amphitheater at Paul A. Schroeder Park in Manchester. Eileen Collins, Manchester’s director of parks and recreation, said workers still needed to lay some sod around the venue, which should be completed and ready to host events by the middle of this month. The first event scheduled at the new amphitheater is a Parkway South Symphonic Band concert on May 19, a fitting tribute to the late Corey Donnelly, in whose honor the amphitheater was built. The amphitheater will be dedicated to Donnelly, a 2002 Parkway South graduate who in 2003 was killed in a car accident.

Donnelly was a music-lover and band member at Parkway South. His family donated $15,000 toward construction of the amphitheater, thinking it would be a fitting tribute to Donnelly and his love of music. Concerts scheduled to take place at the amphitheater include: • Griffin & the Gargoyles, 7-10 p.m. on Fri., June 3 (rain date Sun., June 5) • Sundance & Brass, 6-9 p.m. on Mon., July 4, with fireworks to follow (rain date Tues., July 5) • Well Hungarians, 7-10 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 5 (rain date Sun., Aug. 7) • Scott Laytham & Karl “Trickee” Holmes Duo, 7-10 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 7 (rain date Sun., Oct. 9)

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Walgreens, road improvement project nearing completion By TED DIXON JR. After three years in the making and opposition from a couple of city leaders, the Walgreens store on the north side of Olive Boulevard at Graeser Road in Creve Coeur is set to open this month. Steve Heitz, vice president for the developer, Pace Properties, said the store would open on Fri., May 13. Creve Coeur City Administrator Mark Perkins said a ribbon cutting is planned for Sat., May 21. In 2008, the Creve Coeur City Council voted to approve the 24-hour, drive-through store. The project included many road improvements in the area, including the realignment of Dautel Road and Graeser Road, a median, new traffic signals, widening of Olive to accommodate a center turn lane, a new sidewalk and curb cuts. Heitz said the cost of the improvements was somewhere in the neighborhood of

$1.5 million. A Transportation Development District (TDD) was formed to help pay for the roadwork, and a 1 percent sales tax generated from the Walgreens and nearby stores will support that. Perkins said the city of Creve Coeur and St. Louis County each contributed $200,000, and Pace paid about $600,000 for construction of the new alignments on Dautel Road. The city agreed also to kick in $55,000 annually for a period of 25 years for debt service related to the road improvements. Perkins said the improvements would reduce congestion and improve traffic flow and safety in the area. When the project was first proposed, Creve Coeur Councilmember Jeanne Rhoades and former Councilmember Laura Bryant (both of Ward 4) opposed it, citing the relative proximity between a home and the store.

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National Merit qualifiers Eight students from Westminster Christian Academy met the requirements to enter the 2012 National Merit Scholarship program. The students had a selection index score of 202 or above on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). That placed the students among the top 50,000 highest scoring participants of roughly 1.5 million program entrants. Of the 50,000 students across the nation,

approximately 16,000 will be selected as National Merit Semi-finalists, and about 34,000 will be Commended Students. Westminster National Merit qualifiers include: • Steven E. Bosch • Joseph P. Collins • Hannah R. Hoekzema • Jessica G. Holt • Peter F. Johnson • Jonathan R. Roth • Brandon C. Terlouw • Gordon C. Younkin

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Eleven sophomores in the Parkway School District were honored for the 2011 Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA), a three-week residential program held at the University of Missouri for 330 of Missouri’s gifted students ready to begin their junior year of high school. Schools from throughout Missouri were invited to nominate candidates for the statewide recognition. Parkway’s winners include: • Christian Alten – North • Elizabeth Carroll – West • Leela Chapman – South Gold Star for Ridge Meadows • Alicia Coronado – South • Andrew Kuehnle – West Ridge Meadows Elementary in the • Jaron Ma – West Rockwood School District was honored

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designed to turn dreams into realities for students eager to further their learning or explore new opportunities. Grant requests range from Japanese lessons for a grade school youngster, to a medical mission trip to Honduras, to a student wanting to take a Parkway grants dreams robotics class. The Parkway Alumni Association (PAA) Grants of financial support of up to $250 announced that more than $22,000 in mon- are awarded, as well as grants of community etary dream grants and numerous resource resources and/or alumni support. Students grants were awarded to students through- are encouraged to submit requests that out the Parkway School District, totaling demonstrate a commitment to furthering 221 grants for the 2011 Granting Dreams skills, acquiring knowledge or experience, Program. participating in school-related activities, or The Granting Dreams Program is those that involve the community.

with the 2011 Missouri Gold Star School of Excellence. The school is  one of eight elementary schools in the state to receive the recognition.  Ridge Meadows previously earned the Missouri Gold Star School designation in 1996.  “We are very excited to be named a 2011  Gold Star School,” Principal Amy Digman said. “Ridge Meadows is an exceptional school, and this recognition validates the hard work and dedication shown every day by our students, parents and staff.”  The Gold Star program identifies schools that are performing at a high level academically or making exceptional progress, while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.

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New citizens taking the oath of allegiance to the United States at a naturalization ceremony at Parkway South High School. (West Newsmagazine staff photo)

Parkway South hosts naturalization ceremony By MARCIA GUCKES He came with his parents who sacrificed all for their children’s education. She came with her husband and daughter seeking a better life for her family. He came without anyone for the chance to live near his American-born son. They all came together in the gym at Parkway South High School on April 26 to become citizens of the United States. They were among 63 people who came from 23 countries to take the oath of allegiance in front of about 200 Parkway students and federal court officials. It was the third time a naturalization ceremony was held at Parkway South. The ceremonies usually take place in the federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis, but one of those ceremonies started coming to Parkway South three years ago, when Barb Ryan, social studies teacher and department chair, received a letter from the court inviting her to bring students to observe the naturalization process. Ryan asked court officials to bring the ceremony to her students instead. Ryan said it took about six months to clear all the hurdles for the first ceremony to be held at the school in April 2009. Now, Parkway students are not only observers; they provide all of the pomp and circumstance and cookies necessary for such a momentous event. The school’s symphonic orchestra played “God Bless America” and the national anthem. The color guard, dressed in revolutionary era attire, presented the flag. The Cooking Club baked the cookies and served the refreshments. The Key Club and the Library Book Club donated the American flags and bookmarks that were given to each new citizen. Several classes

filled the bleachers to applaud each person as they crossed the stage to become official citizens of the United States. W. Dudley McCarter, a Parkway alum and attorney, with a practice in Clayton, was the keynote speaker. “I became a citizen the easy way. I was born here,” McCarter said. “You, on the other hand, are about to become citizens the hard way. You have earned it.” He reminded them of those who came before them to make their opportunity in America possible. “Liberty is not free,” McCarter said. “It is often very costly.” He then asked all of the U.S. veterans in the crowd to stand and be honored. The 63 petitioners then raised their right hands and repeated the oath of allegiance, renouncing their ties to their former homelands and swearing to support and defend the United States of America. Their first act of support came immediately after the ceremony when they all lined up and registered to vote. Tauseef Charanya, from Pune, India, was among those in line. “My parents came here for the sole purpose of education in 2002,” Charanya said. “It was a big change for them – a lot of sacrifice. Leaving everything was the toughest part for them.” Charanya was 14 years old then. Now, he is getting his doctorate in biomedical engineering at Washington University. Munevera Hodzic stood in the voter registration line with her two daughters, the youngest one waving the small American flag given to her mother by students. Hodzic said she and her husband and their oldest daughter came from Bosnia-Herzegovina to the U.S. “for a better life.”



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Keeping it Clean Girl Scout Troop 4118 and members of Girls on the Run, from Pond Elementary and Wildwood Middle in the Rockwood School District, recently teamed up to volunteer to clean up Route 100 in Wildwood as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program. Girls on the Run is a 12-week program designed to help young girls Pictured are members of Girls on the Run and Girl Scout Troop tackle issues of self- 4118 from Pond Elementary and Wildwood Middle cleaning up esteem, bullying and Route 100 in Wildwood. standing up for themselves. “The girls in Girls on the Run also volunteer with different projects, which is how they got involved with the Adopt-A-Highway program,” said Laurie Luck, a parent volunteer who started the Girls on the Run program at Pond Elementary. “They all seemed so excited about it, and I’m ecstatic that they felt good about it. The icing on the cake was when a driver stopped us and thanked us for our hard work. “I think I grow more than the kids do; it’s been so rewarding.” Each year for the next three years, Luck said, the girls will clean up the highway as part of their community service project. They plan also to collect clothes for recent tornado victims. Amy Klopstein, a teacher at Wildwood Middle School, serves also as a Girls on the Run coach. Pictured are members of Girls on the Run and Girl Scout Troop 4118 from Pond Elementary and Wildwood Middle cleaning up Route 100 in Wildwood.

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That winning feeling Rockwood Summit High School on April 30 played host to the Special Olympics Missouri Spring Games. SchoolReach, a local school notification company, helped out with the softball toss, cheering on contestants. “The Special Olympics is very near and dear to us as a community involvement event,” Pictured is SchoolReach Customer Service Manager Paul Langhorst, SchoolReach Shawna Walker helping a contestant in the softball co-founder and chief market- throw. ing officer said. “Many of our school clients are heavily involved with special needs students, and locally we are fortunate to have the Special School District of St. Louis as one of our clients. This is such a great way to give back to the community and to help support an event that gives special needs students and adults such great pleasure.” Everyone who participated, as a contestant or a volunteer, truly felt like a winner.

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Vianney, 360; 10. Kirkwood, 376; Parkway West, 377. It was Weldon’s first district championship. Parkway South’s Jack Darland was second with a 77. Wes Allard tied for eighth with an 81. David Arth tied for 16th with an 83. Jake Frericks finished 27th for the Patriots with an 88. CBC’s Nick Sadorf and Tanner Bulejski tied for second with scores of 77. The other CBC scores were: Nick Winston, who was Patriots shot a 314, earning it’s seventh 10th with an 81, and Kevin Groppe, who High school boys’ golf district title in the last 11 years. tied for 39th with a 92. Local golfers dominated in the recent CBC was second with a 320. The two The other golfers who qualified out of high school district golf tournaments. teams got out of districts and advanced. district were: Seth Smith, Ladue, 77; Zach Parkway South, led by senior Kyle WelOther team scores were: Eureka, 329; Gollwitzer, Marquette, 79; Ben Hutchison, don’s 73, won the Class 4 District 2 golf Marquette, 332; Lafayette, 339; Ladue, SLUH, 79; Teddy Jones, 80; Shane Harris, tournament at Persimmon Woods. The 340; SLUH, 342; Webster Groves, 356; Eureka, 80; Conner Katsev, Lafayette, 81;

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and course conditions,” Burkey said. “So it was reduced to a nine-hole tournament, which was not ideal, but there was nothing that could have been done about that.” Last year at state, VandeKamp was the co-individual medalist. “Ryan Haxel struggled a little at districts with his putting,” Burkey said. “His average for the season is about 1 over par, and he has consistently been the leader for our team. For him to shoot a 38 when he was struggling shows the great player that he is. Matt Brugner played well; he is one we can always count on. Peter Sippel and Schaeffer Bell both shot 40s, so even though they did not play their best, they made sure to keep us in contention.” ••• Defending state champion Whitfield won the Class 2 District 2 tournament at The Landings at Spirit Golf Course with a 326. It was Whitfield’s fourth district title. Other team scores were: Lutheran St. Charles, 349; Christian (O’Fallon), 381; Barat Academy, 391; Orchard Farm, 400; Kennedy, 424; Crystal City, 456; Herculaneum, 457; Valley Park, 463; Wright City, 464; St. Pius X, 472. Whitfield took the first three places. Mitchell Rutledge was the medalist with a 77. Alexander Sarr came in second with an 80; Jake Andrews was third with an 81. Nate Schmidt was eighth with an 88; Nick Kunin was 16th with a 98. Whitfield Coach Harold Barker said the conditions were “very windy and wet.” “We thought we had a good chance to win, but we were focused on just doing our best, especially given the conditions,” Barker said. “Mitch played solidly but let a few chances to really go deep slip away. Overall, I am proud of his effort.” Andrews, a junior, “shot a solid round,” Barker said. Sarr, a senior, “was a pleasant surprise shooting an 80 and finishing second.” Barker said Schmidt, a freshman, “fought hard shooting 88 and finishing tied for eighth,” and Kunin, a freshman, “shook off a tough front nine” to finish with a 98 in 16th place. Kennedy’s Lucas Russell was 17th with a 99. Other Kennedy scores were Benjamin Nord, 104; Jonathan Parasch, 115, and Nicole Reinhardt, 131.

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By WARREN MAYES Parkway West Coach Nancy Sachtleben had to persuade Nicole Douglas to run in the hurdle events for the girls’ track and field team. “Nikki is a natural hurdler, but she did not want to do hurdles at all as a freshman, but I told her she had no choice and I made her do them,” Sachtleben said. “Once she became more comfortable and was involved in close races, she loved it.” Douglas loved it enough to become a state champion last year as a sophomore in the 300-meter hurdles in 43.54 seconds. That time also set a Parkway West record. “When Nikki was a freshman, she did not make the finals at state in the 300s, but as a sophomore she was the state champ,” Sachtleben said. “What’s interesting is that Nikki did not want to do the 300s at all at the beginning of the season last year, so I decided to change the way I would train her. “I put her up with the distance coach at the start of the season for workouts, and also her parents gave her incentives to run the race. I also trained her to hurdle with either leg for the 300s to lower her time. Nikki had to work very hard to accomplish both of these, and thus the hard work paid off with her winning the state title.” Douglas, who holds school records in the two hurdle events, said she was happy to win at state. “I was really excited when I got first in the 300-meter hurdles,” Douglas said. “I don’t think anyone was expecting that.” As a freshman, she made state in two events; Douglas finished sixth in the 100meter hurdles but did not qualify in the 300 hurdles. So, going into state last year, she kept her goals simple. “I definitely wanted to get better than sixth in the 100-meter hurdles,” said Douglas, whose best time of 14.90 is a school record.

Her coach acknowledged she had varied emotions. “Last year at state was very exciting and nerve-racking,” Sachtleben said. “I expected Nikki to be able to run 44 seconds in the 300 hurdles and win it. I told her she could win it when she turned in a good time for the prelims. She felt a lot of pressure to win the next day in the finals. I told her to run it like we trained and she would be fine. She ran it perfectly and did even better than I thought by turning in a 43.54.” Later at state, she finished third in the 100 hurdles. “After getting first in the 300 hurdles, then getting third in the 100 hurdles wasn’t nearly as exciting any more,” Douglas said. “I’m always hoping to get a better time in the 100 hurdles. But really, the 300 hurdles is my main focus now.” It takes coordination, balance and speed to run the hurdles. It looks difficult, but Douglas said it is not. “The hurdles themselves are not that hard, but building up the endurance to run that distance while jumping is tough,” Douglas said. In addition to the two hurdle events, Douglas is running the 200-meter dash. “I’ve done really well in that. I think that’s because the 300M Hurdles has probably built up my endurance, so I still have a lot of energy at the end of the 200,” Douglas said. Naturally, going back to state and repeating as state champion remains her top goal. “I’m going to try my best to beat the state record,” Douglas said. “I just don’t like it when people are expecting me to. Then I feel pressured to do well.” College is in her future plans, and she would like to run track. Schools that have inquired about her include Missouri, LSU, Brown, Louisville, Wisconsin, Miami, Boston, Harvard, Wake Forest, Iowa, Texas Tech, Penn and Duke.



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By WARREN MAYES Westminster Christian Academy’s Daniel Everett is fast, but he wants to go a little bit faster. At the recent Kansas University Relays, Everett captured the Jim Ryun High School Dream Mile in an impressive 4 minutes, 12.58 seconds. That is the seventh-fastest high school boys’ time in the country this spring. If Everett can run a 4:11 mile at any point for the remainder of the track and field season, he will receive an invitation to the prestigious Adidas Grand Prix in New York in June. That gives the reigning Class 3 state cross country champion something to run for. He shaved another 1.2 seconds off his mile time by running a 4:12.34 at the Marion Freeman Invitational. So, he is still 1.8 seconds off receiving the automatic qualifier. “I have until one week after state to get the time,” Everett said. “With my focus on winning as many events as possible, I will most likely not take a shot at the time until after state when I run the Festival of Miles.” Everett is impressing Eric Bain, his Westminster head coach. “He has had as good of a season as you could ask for up to this point,” Bain said. “I think with great competition, he can get to the 4:09 he is seeking. His time of 4:11.34 at the Marion Freeman meet was outstanding, especially considering the last two laps he basically ran alone.” The performance at the Kansas Relays certainly opened some eyes. The Jim Ryun High School Dream Mile is in its second year of existence. Last year, it was an invite-only race for the top 12 milers in the nation. This year, they expanded it to three automatic qualifiers and nine invitees. “The Kansas Relays, which is held at the University of Kansas, is one of those meets that gives an automatic invite to the winners,” Everett said. “On top of winning, you also have to hit a qualifying standard either at the meet or sometime throughout the year. For the boys’ mile it is 4:11. “Since it was an automatic qualifier meet, there were a handful of sub-4:20 milers, but my 4:14 from sophomore year was good enough to seed me second.” Everett was excited to be in the race. “My expectations going in were to give it my all and see what happens,” Everett said. “I decided not to run the 800 or the 3200 the day before so I could stay fresh. I knew there was a pretty good miler (Connor Martin from Indiana), but I just wanted to go out there and race.”

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Winning meant “relief and excitement” for Everett. “As far as winning, it was just an insane experience,” he said. “I knew that I had a shot at it, but it was still a really cool experience with everything that surrounded the race with the Golden Stripes qualifier.” Now, Everett is feeling confident. “My training is going really well though and I am feeling really confident going into the state series,” Everett said. “This has definitely been my best season yet.” Bain has been running Everett this season in the 800, 1600, 3200, and 4 x 800 relay. His time in the 1600 of 4:11.34 is the third fastest 1600 in the country this year. He holds the school record in the 1600. Everett also has run the 800 in 1:57, and the 3200 in 9:41. It is no secret which event he likes best. “My main focus has always been the mile,” Everett said. “I never really was a two-miler until I had a good cross country season last fall and decided to try it out. I haven’t fully made the change, so as of right now, I run the 800 on up. “After state, I will probably run in some competitive miles, but as far as state, I am entered in about every event a distance runner can run.” The school year is almost over for Everett, who will be going to Columbia to run track, cross country and study economics. “It is absolutely insane,” Everett said. “I remember my freshman year looking up to Lutheran South’s Adam Behnke, who is now at Columbia University. It’s weird thinking that just in a couple of months, he will be my teammate.”




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By BRIAN MCDOWELL Ann Wagner has owned a home in Ballwin for 16 years. Her parents were smallbusiness owners who had floor-covering stores on Manchester Road. Her husband is a Ballwin municipal judge and currently serves as a St. Louis County police commissioner. Her home is located right next to the city’s golf course, and her three children have worked as lifeguards at the city pool. Now, Wagner is launching a campaign to represent the area she loves in the U.S. Congress. Wagner has announced that if Congressman Todd Akin runs for Senate next year, she intends to run for U.S. Representative in the 2nd congressional district. With congressional redistricting, that district will look quite a bit different than it used to, encompassing most of St. Louis County, St. Charles County and a sliver of either Jefferson County or Franklin County. Wagner said she knows all of those areas and is convinced she could do well campaigning in and representing them all. Wagner has formed an exploratory committee for the campaign and has begun meeting with groups of Missouri voters. Sitting in the living room of her Ballwin home, surrounded by military and political mementos, she made it clear she would run only if the seat was vacated by Akin. “Todd Akin has served the people of this district ably,” Wagner said. “I have tremendous respect for him.” Wagner said she had discussed her plans with Akin but declined to say specifically what Akin told her. She described herself as a “tried and true, common-sense conservative.” She said she felt compelled to run because she feels there is a struggle right now for what people want America to be. Her campaign would focus on business interests and the need for job creation. “Our country is near financial ruin,” Wagner said. “The federal government has put handcuffs on job creators, and their policies are killing private sector jobs.” Wagner said it is time for the country to have an adult conversation about government spending habits. “We need to cut up the government’s credit card,” she said. When asked specifically what she would cut from the federal government’s budget, Wagner said, “I don’t want to cut defense spending when we have people in harm’s way, but I’d say everything is on the table. The federal government is out of control.

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What I intend to do is grow the private sector instead of the government.” She said the current administration’s energy policy was headed in the wrong direction, especially since the price of gas has gone up by more than $2 a gallon since President Obama took office. She emphasized the need for environmentally sound domestic solutions to the problem. She characterized the president’s foreign policy as “incoherent.” “This election is about who we want to be and what kind of future we want to have,” Wagner said. Even though she has been a political fixture in the state for more than 20 years, this would be the first time her name has ever appeared on an electoral ballot. Wagner since 1991 has worked for the Missouri Republican Party, and every job she has obtained since has been the result of connections made through her work with the Republican Party. She worked for President George H. W. Bush’s 1992 presidential campaign and Senator John Ashcroft’s 1994 senatorial campaign. Then, Wagner became the first woman ever to chair the Missouri Republican Party. “We had great success in my tenure,” Wagner said. “We picked up a congressional seat, a Republican governor, seats in the legislature, and Bush won this state twice.” When President George W. Bush was looking for someone to co-chair the Republican National Committee (RNC), he said he wanted “a suburban mother of three from the heartland of our country that knows how to win elections.” Her skills at bringing together the dif-


NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM fering factions of the Republican Party so impressed Bush that he appointed Wagner to be ambassador to Luxembourg. She moved there with her family for four years, working a job that gave her experience in foreign relations, dealing with the military, and establishing strong business ties. She returned to America at the end of Bush’s term and said she immediately got the sense that things in the country had changed with the election of President Obama. “I was leaving one socialist continent and had the feeling that perhaps I was returning to another one,” Wagner said. “That worried me, so I jumped right back into politics.” Wagner chaired U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s successful 2010 campaign, and she gave several speeches to conservative groups about “American exceptionalism,” the free market principles that make America great, and the importance of self-reliance. Believing the Republican Party was being mismanaged and in danger of becoming insolvent, Wagner earlier this year jumped into the race to head the RNC. “It was very much an insider race,” Wagner said. “The decision was made by only 163 members. It was amazing to be a part of that.” Wagner was narrowly defeated in the race. If she had won, she would have been the first woman ever to head the RNC.

“I couldn’t quite manage to break that glass ceiling, but I came really close,” Wagner said. She has attracted much attention and support from members of the Tea Party. “I’ve been involved in the political process for over 20 years. It’s the most effective grassroots movement I’ve ever seen,” Wagner said of the Tea Party. While she is firmly a part of the Republican Party, Wagner still thinks of herself as a grassroots activist. “I’ve done politics as a volunteer most of my life,” she said. “I’ve never made much money doing this. I know when I was an ambassador, for instance, we never broke even during that time, but this is a calling.” She said she is particularly proud of the way she has managed to juggle her political work and her family life. “My children have had a front-row seat to a living civics lesson,” Wagner said. “I hope they’re rooted in the commitment to public service that this country needs.” Asked if she had concerns about the how a campaign might affect her personally, Wagner replied, “Those kinds of sacrifices are a part of it. I know I’ve gotta go through that, but if I stay true to myself, my beliefs and my family, I’ll sleep well at night. I am strong in faith and strong in my convictions. I think that will carry me through.”

Crime spree strikes Town & Country, Ballas Road The Town & Country Police Department recently has responded to several reports of crimes committed in neighborhoods along Ballas Road. On April 22, police received three reports of vehicles parked in neighborhoods off of Ballas Road being entered and ransacked during the overnight hours. Two vehicles parked in the same driveway on Carberry (west of Ballas) were entered, but nothing was taken, police said. Two additional vehicles parked in a driveway on Ballas Court were entered, also with nothing reported missing. A vehicle parked on Hawthorne Estates was entered as well, and a Sony camcorder was stolen from that car. All of the vehicles

were unlocked. Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on April 28, two houses located in the 12200 block and the 12300 block of Ballas Lane were burglarized while residents were away from home, police said. Entry to one residence was gained through an unlocked garage window, and a landscaping stone was thrown through the window of the other house. Jewelry was stolen from both homes. Anyone with information regarding the incidents should call Detective Sgt. Rick Kranz at (314) 587-2860 or email him at To provide an anonymous tip, call CrimeStoppers at (314) 725-8477.

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West County Restaurant Week set for May 16-22 By SARAH WILSON If ever there was a time to experience the diverse flavors of West County, it is the week of May 16-22 – the inaugural West County Restaurant Week. Eleven West County restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week by offering a three-course meal that will showcase their best dishes, all for $25 per person. Restaurants taking part include Andria’s (Chesterfield); Café Balaban (Chesterfield); Candicci’s (Ballwin); Charlie Gitto’s (Chesterfield); Gianfabio’s (Chesterfield); Surf & Sirloin (Des Peres); McCormick & Schmick’s (Des Peres); The Mediterranean Grill (Chesterfield); Sapore (Ballwin); and Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro (Chesterfield). Each restaurant will provide a few different options for each of three courses –an appetizer/salad, entrée and dessert. Bobby Conn and Rob Muckler, managing partners of R & B Productions and organizers of West County Restaurant Week, worked previously with the organizer of the Clayton Restaurant Week, which inspired them to bring a similar event to West County. “There’s never really been a collaboration of prominent West St. Louis County restaurants that all offered this type of deal,” Conn said. “We thought instead of having everybody that lives out west travel east for a program like this, why not bring it to their own backyard? We just wanted to bring a little bit of excitement back to West County.” West County Restaurant Week is presented by Out & About, Pearl Vodka, R&B Productions, St. Louis Magazine and West Newsmagazine.

There are no cards to carry or tickets to purchase. Diners simply visit the participating restaurant(s) of their choice and order off of a special menu. At the end of the meal, diners will be encouraged to “Help a Hero” by adding an extra $5 to their check to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services to severely injured service members. Donations are accepted also on the West County Restaurant Week website. “People are really starting to talk about the restaurant menus, the website looks great and all of the restaurants are telling their customers about it,” Conn said. “I think it’s going to do really well.” Muckler said he hopes to make the event an annual occurrence and is optimistic there will be a good turnout. He said the restaurant selection features a wide range of food styles – including Italian, seafood, European, Mediterranean – providing something for just about everyone. Some of the restaurants are brand new to West County, and others have been in the community for years, so diners can try something new or stick to their favorites. “We definitely think it’s going to get bigger and bigger as we go,” Muckler said. “We just want to get people in the doors of these local restaurants and help them gain more business during the week.” Reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information or menu options for each restaurant, visit

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Into the eye of the storm Storm chasers track down trouble

By BRIAN MCDOWELL Midwesterners are no strangers to the blare of tornado sirens, and the area’s recent tornadic activity has convinced many people to heed those sirens like never before. The April 22 warnings of severe storms that devastated parts of the St. Louis area sent area residents running for cover, resulting in zero fatalities and no serious injuries. But while most people were seeking refuge, others were aiming to get as close to the severe weather as they possibly could. Storm chasers typically are groups of journalists, scientists or thrill seekers whose experiences are readily available for viewing on TV and the Internet. In fact, much of the TV news coverage of the recent local storms featured footage captured by storm chasing teams. Colleges are even using the storm chasing craze as an education opportunity. Professor Tony Lupo, chairman of Atmospheric Sciences at the University

of Missouri, helped organize the Mizzou Storm Chase Team, which he said offers students the chance to practice and practically apply forecasting skills they learn in the classroom. Mizzou storm chasers have pursued storms in Ohio, Colorado and Texas; this year, they were present when tornadoes touched down in Iowa and Oklahoma. Hayden Oswald, a member of the team for the last two years, said he has been on three storm chases and within a half mile of a tornado. He said being that close to a storm was awe-inspiring and exhilarating. “There was definitely a rush,” Oswald said. “It can also be scary. I had to stay in the moment and listen and keep my head about me.” To identify the probable location of storms, Mizzou Storm Chase Team members watch the same computer models used by TV meteorologists and the National Weather Service. The night before severe weather is due to hit, they pick a target

location for waiting out the storm and hold weather conditions allow. Oswald said he chases storms because a briefing in the school’s meteorology lab. The size of a Mizzou storm chasing team he is passionate about studying weather can vary from four students in a single car and improving public safety. Veteran storm chaser Warren Faidley to 11 students in three vehicles. The teams aim to arrive at about 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. in an said he would recommend spotting for the area due to be impacted by a storm. Upon National Weather Service to anyone who arrival, they eat, make sure their vehicles wants to get close to a storm. He bemoaned have enough fuel, and if wireless Internet the fact that storm chasing has largely is available, use laptops to do their own stopped being the realm of scientists and journalists and become a way for young forecasting. While chasing storms, students stay in men to perform stunts and one-up each close contact with team members at the other on You Tube. Faidley, who has written books about his university’s “base camp” who monitor weather radar. Students in the field act as storm chasing experiences, started chasing storm spotters, watching the storm and storms while reporting for several newsrelaying to the National Weather Service papers. He said he has survived first-hand and local law enforcement information encounters with softball-sized hail, blizabout the storm’s location, where it is zards, hurricanes and tornadoes. According to Faidley, there has been an heading and what damage it is doing. Students are instructed not to get too increase in recent years of people in close close to the storms and to give themselves proximity to tornadoes dying in their cars. “People aren’t as afraid of the dangers room to leave if things get too dangerous. They chase storms for as long as light and as they used to be because of footage

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they’ve seen on the Internet,” Faidley said. was studied last year by the Department “It gives people some apathy towards the of Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the power these storms can have.” University of Missouri’s School of Natural He said thrill-seeking storm chasers Resources. Researchers surveyed 50 people make it difficult for legitimate journalists, who were signed up to take the tours. scientists and law enforcement officials to Sonia Wilhelm Stanis, an associate do their jobs. professor who helped conduct the study, “They ruined it for a lot of people,” Faid- explained what motivated her to investiley said. “Now, it is a Herculean task for us gate the trend. that do this for a living to keep our work “We realized that the popular and social separated from these nuts and weirdos.” communication channels such as TV series Faidley said weather forecasting web- and blogs were increasing their attention to sites have made tracking storms much recreational storm/tornado-chasing,” Stanis easier than it used said in an email. to be. When look“Everything started ing for storms to with the release of chase, he said, he the movie ‘Twister’ looks for flat areas in 1996, and more with good visibility - Warren Faidley recently (2007) with and good terrain. the weekly docuHe uses a fortified mentary ‘Storm vehicle with a roll cage, full air curtain Chasers’ on the Discovery Channel. deployment and screened windows. “So, we thought that that it would be “(The vehicle) is designed for safety, but important to know about this form of recrethere is still risk,” Faidley said. “I’ve seen ation, mainly because Missouri is a popular locomotives roll over in tornadoes.” destination for this activity as it is part of One of the worst weather events Faidley a region where tornados frequently occur. ever covered was in May 1987, when a Also, little scientific information was tornado obliterated the small, west Texas available about recreational storm/tornado town of Saragosa. Most of the casualties chasing, as opposed to storm chasing for were children attending a graduation cere- scientific purposes.” mony, and Faidley said the storm gave him Researchers were surprised to learn what a different outlook on what severe weather motivated people to chase storms. can do. “Interestingly, our study shows that motiThe popularity of storm chasing is so vations related to Taking Risks, such as to widespread that some companies offer be in dangerous situations, were not as tourists the chance to ride along on storm important as the ones related to Enjoying chasing expeditions. The tours, led by Nature and Learning,” Stanis said. meteorologists or experienced storm chasAs for Faidley, he said he would advise ers, cost anywhere from $3,000-$5,000 anyone who wants to chase storms to do so and can last from one to two weeks. only with a specific purpose in mind and That unique brand of “tornado tourism” not just for thrills.

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Mayor Harold Dielmann heads the Creve Coeur Days parade Bring the kids out on Sun., May 22, to watch the annual Creve Coeur Days parade, the culminating event of the fourday Creve Coeur Days festival. The parade steps off promptly at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and travels west on Olive Boulevard from Pulaski Bank at 12300 Olive Blvd. to west of Mason Road. After the parade, walk to the Creve Coeur Days Carnival Midway, on Mason Road south of the medical buildings on the Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital campus. On Sunday, Creve Coeur Days closes at 7 p.m. Mayor Dielmann is being honored as this year’s Parade Marshal. The mayor organized the very first Creve Coeur Days Parade in 1967. He was the mayor of the city at that time and the parade was organized to celebrate the completion of the I-270 and Olive Boulevard intersection. Dielmann, who is a lifetime member of the Creve Coeur Days board, has since participated in nearly every parade. This year’s parade will have a variety of entries, including marching groups, baton corps, Cub Scout and Brownie Girl Scout groups from area schools, horses and riders, Shriners’ mini cars, decorated cars and floats, antique cars, and many other marching and motorized units. Terri Lott and Jo Knibb, parade co-chairpersons, advise those planning to view the parade to come out early and claim the best viewing spots along the parade route and on either side of Mason Road, just south of the intersection. Traffic will be blocked during the parade, so it is advisable to arrive well before the 1 p.m. starting time.

Information booth Hourly drawings for valuable prizes, generously provided by area merchants, will take place at the official Creve Coeur Days information booth, which also serves as the center for lost parents, lost articles and bottled water purchases. Register every hour at the information booth for that hour’s drawing. You must be present to win. Food booths abound on the Carnival Midway and you will have your choice of a great variety of tasty delights, from barbecue and burgers to pizza and ice cream. Game booths, where you can try your luck for prizes, are also plentiful. Come and enjoy good fun, good food and good entertainment.

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“It’s one of our most humbling and rewarding services – our trips twice a year to the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James,” Taylor said. “We prepare and serve barbecue to our veterans and like to listen to their stories.” On Sun., June 5, the Ballwin VFW Post will hold its 19th annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at Mid Rivers Golf Course. “We are proud to offer scholarships to local high school students,” said 12th District Jr. Vice Commander Clifford W. Mitchem. “Students are asked to compose an essay with a military theme. Our committee reviews the essays and awards scholarships based on their grades and choice of college.” The Post contributes also to the USO and supports Jefferson Barracks. Members serve as funeral honor guards, on rifle teams at Jefferson Barracks, and take part as honor guards at the annual Memorial Day service in Vlasis Park. “We’re continually anxious for new members,” Taylor said. “Personally, I have a goal of 500.” Members meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month. The Post’s bar is open to the public seven days a week. “We have the cheapest and coldest beers in Ballwin,” Taylor said. “We’re unusual in that we are a family oriented organization and open to the public,” said Service Officer Eddie Young. “It may get lively and noisy in here, but it’s always friendly.” For more information, contact Taylor at (314) 409-3987.

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Know what a QR code is? Several St. Louis home builders and realty firms are betting that smart homebuyers with smart phones will be using this new technology in their search. A QR code (QR stands for Quick Response) is essentially a square bar code. You’re starting to see them everywhere, and with a QR reader on your phone you can scan a code with your phone’s camera then view a website or get a message and contact information. One of the first home builders to use QR code was Greater Missouri Builders. “Look for these codes on our flyers, brochures and advertisements,” said Kim Davison-Whalen, GMB’s residential sales and marketing director. “We’re excited to be on the cutting edge of marketing technology.” And they’re not the only ones. Payne Family Homes also now includes a QR code in its ads, adding to the ways buyers can shop for a new home or neighborhood. Another company cashing in on this new technology is Dutchman Realty of St. Charles County. A recent direct mail postcard mailing announcing an open house has a QR code that takes readers to the Dutchman website for more information. Watch for QR codes to show up on yard signs, business cards, bumper stickers and even movie screens. A gentleman I know took his daughter to the cinema and while they were waiting for the film to begin she used her smart phone to see a preview of the movie. Try it out for yourself. Grab your iPhone, Droid or other smart phone and look for the ads featuring that funny little QR square in this issue of Prime. Here’s what else is going on: If you haven’t been to Thomas & Suit Homes’ Wyndgate Forest, now is definitely the time. The neighborhood is in its springtime glory, with the trees in full bloom and the swimming pool set to open in a few weeks. You’ll be wowed, as I was, by the 55 acres of wooded common ground, four parks perfect for outdoor activities, and scenic trails for a spring walk. All that’s not to mention the two sports courts and bicycle lanes. Plus, you’ll love Wynd-

gate Forest’s great location near Highway 40 and Highway N that puts you minutes from dining, entertainment and shopping. Also prepare to be impressed with the amazing Sassafras display home that consistently draws rave reviews. Thomas & Suit Homes also is building at the nearby Enclave at Sommers Pointe, where they have just put the finishing touches on the brand-new Alberta ranch display model. This 2,260-square-foot beauty has 11-foot ceilings in the wide-open great room, breakfast room, hearth room and kitchen, and is available for only $329,000. For information, hours and directions, call 636561-2173 or visit It’s a grand opening at Greater Missouri Builders’ Queensbrooke Townhomes in St. Peters with brand-new townhomes all ready for you. There are two Elizabeth end units with two bedrooms and a loft, 1½ baths, a full basement, two-car detached garage and a real back yard. The townhomes have an eat-in kitchen with dark espresso maple cabinets, large center island, pantry, huge dining space and a spacious living room area. They are priced at $149,900 The Victoria, center unit, is 2 feet wider than the end units and offers three bedrooms, 2½ baths, upstairs laundry room, full basement, two- car detached garage, large kitchen with medium-toned cabinets and a large center island. Other features include a pantry, and very spacious dining area and living room – all enhanced with custom wall color. The price is $161,000. Also available is a 1,408-square-foot townhome with two – yes, two - master suites plus a laundry room upstairs, big walk in closets, extra windows, two-car detached garage, large eat-in kitchen with light-finish cabinets, center island, pantry, custom wall color, full basement and a large dining space. It is priced at $160,000 Queensbrooke townhomes have great curb appeal with brick and cement board siding, covered front porches and sodded and landscaped lawns. Want to hear more? Call sales agent Debbie Terwilliger at 636-9363615 or visit www.greatermissouribuilders. com.


Payne has vision! For spring home shoppers, choosing from the 20 fabulous designs Payne Family Homes now offers in The Meadows at Ohmes Farm may be challenging. The builder has just added its all-new “Vision Series” to the selection in the 250-acre, master-planned community on Ohmes Road in St. Peters. Complementing the builder’s popular “Lifestyle” portfolio, Payne’s new “Vision Series” adds another seven plans that were developed in response to buyer requests and extensive market research on the changing configurations of today’s households – from single first-time buyers to downsizers and multi-generational families. Basic Vision ranch and two-story plans start from the $180’s and provide two to four bedrooms and 1,302 to 2,480 square feet of living area. Multi-function spaces, dual master suites, upper-level laundries, flex rooms, and a myriad of options – for example, penthouse suites, finished lower levels and three-car garages – allow purchasers to design a home that fits their individual requirements. All of these choices – and a selection of move-in-ready inventory homes – are availablein this scenic neighborhood in the heart of St. Peters adjacent to Woodland Sports Park. For more on the Lifestyle and Vision Series and directions to Ohmes Farm call 314-477-1218 or visit

director of sales and marketing, Consort Homes has purchased 300 homesites in the established community, which is located on Highway Z, directly south of Quail Ridge Park, in Wentzville. “This acquisition represented a huge investment for Consort Homes, and the intent is to make Carlton Glen our new ‘flagship’ community in St. Charles County,” Petras stated. “The decision demonstrates our confidence in the development itself and in the future of Wentzville.” Designed for 503 families, the site is comprised of several villages radiating from a main parkway that terminates on the banks of a lake, and the neighborhood’s completed recreational complex includes a swimming pool, cabana, and “tot lot” playground. The grand opening introduces home shoppers to two of Consort’s most successful design collections – the Heritage Series and the Hometown Series. Community sales manager Sherry Conroy reports that customers purchasing during the preconstruction phase have been impressed by the large homesites, ranging from 8,000 to more than 12,000 square feet. Consort is the only volume home builder in St. Louis qualified as 100 percent “green,” providing the energy-efficiency and added comfort of a third-party-certified “green” home to all of its owners as a standard feature. Homes in Carlton Glen are grand-opening priced from the $150’s to mid-$200’s, and three market homes are available at various Consort Homes is celebrating its offi- stages of completion. For information call cial entré into Carlton Glen Estates with 636-327-4390 or visit www.consort-homes. the grand opening of four spectacular new com. display models. According to Ed Petras,

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prizes, educational programs and crafts; animal welfare and environmental groups also are featured. To view the wish list, visit ••• Operation Food Search hosts Where Hunger Meets Hope at 6:30 p.m. on Sat., May 14 at 12555 Manchester Road in Des Peres. Unique artwork is available in a silent auction, and cocktails, food stations, Circus Harmony and a performance by Jeremy Davenport are featured. Table sponsorships start at $2,000, and individual tickets are $200 for reserved seating and $150 for open seating. Visit or call (314) 726-5355 ext. 23. ••• The Archimedes 5K Fun Run is at 8:30 a.m. (registration is from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.) on Sun., May 15 at Kircher Park in Eureka. A toga costume contest, kids’ 100yard dash, balloon twisting and awards are featured. Donations benefit Eureka Parks and Recreation. Entry is $20 through May 13 or $25 the day of the race. Visit ••• Support Dogs Inc. hosts its second annual ‘Dogs in the Ruff!’ golf tournament at 1 p.m. (registration and lunch at noon) on Fri., May 20 at Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. An 18-hole, fourperson scramble with a shotgun start is fea-

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tured. A golf cart, dinner, complimentary beverages and a silent auction are included. Support Dogs provides highly skilled service dogs to individuals with disabilities. Tickets are $90 per person or $360 for a four-person team. Call (314) 997-2325 or visit ••• Old Trails Historical Society presents a Quilt Bed Turning and Dressing of a Proper Victorian Lady Luncheon at 11 a.m. on Sat., May 21 at the Salem Church in Ballwin United Methodist (14825 Manchester Road). Tickets are $15. Proceeds support the preservation and restoration of the Historic Bacon Log Cabin. For reservations, call Irene at 527-2522 or Janice at 220-7330. ••• The Missouri Brewfest is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., May 21 on the Westport Plaza west parking lot. A beer garden, live music by Hollywood 5 and a “People’s Choice” award for guests’ favorite beer are featured. The entrance fee is $20 and includes a commemorative beer pilsner, all beer sampling and entertainment. Food is sold separately. Tickets sale proceeds benefit Friends of Kids with Cancer. Visit ••• The Eureka-Pacific Elks sponsor a golf tournament at 1 p.m. on Sat., May 21 at Aberdeen Golf Course (4111 Crescent Road in Eureka). A barbecue and beverages, contests, raffles and prizes are featured. Proceeds benefit The Mission Continues,

which supports veterans. Entry is $90 per person or $360 per team. Call Bob at 4323063 or Steve at 938-6744. ••• Communities Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide (CHADS) Coalition for Mental Health hosts the fifth annual Kids Walking for Kids—A Celebration of Hope! from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sat., May 21 in Creve Coeur Park. Food, games, team competitions, arts and crafts, beach volleyball, live music, a memorial walk, fireworks and more are featured. CHADS works to end teen suicide. Call 952-2046 or visit ••• The 13th annual Friends of Kids with Cancer Golf Tournament is at 12 p.m. on Mon., May 23 at Whitmoor Country Club. There is a shotgun start with standard foursomes. The tournament includes a catered lunch, snacks and games on the course and a dinner auction for $300 per golfer. Register by calling (314) 275-7440 or visiting ••• The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery Golf Classic is at 1 p.m. (registration at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 11:45 a.m.) on Mon., May 23 at Forest Hills Country Club. A four-person scramble, contests and a dinner/awards banquet are featured. The individual player’s fee is $350; sponsorships begin at $2,000. Call (314) 292-5770 or visit •••

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‘Expect the unexpected’ at Cedar Lake Cellars By SUZANNE CORBETT When Carl Bolm first opened Cedar Lake Cellars in Wright City, Mo., wine was not a consideration. The 100-acre property was first developed as an event center, embracing its early 20th century farm theme. “I grew up out here, and when I found this place I fell in love with its beauty,” Bolm said. “I wanted to develop an event center, so we began the project with renovating the barn.” When Bolm began his unique retrofit of the barn, its occupants were farm equipment and cows. Today, the barn complex is a multilevel event space that includes a smaller roomer with wood burning fireplaces on the first floor and an upstairs party space that offers a bar, pool tables and a connected outdoor deck. Outside, a large patio and stage overlook the adjacent lakes, vineyards and manicured grounds.

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“I fell in love with the beauty here,” Bolm said. “And after the barn complex was opened for events and I saw the enjoyment it brought people, I asked myself what I could do to complement the experience. That’s when we added the winery.” After taking a research trip to California as well as exploring Missouri wineries, Bolm brought together a team to create the winery, headed by Scott Sutter, who developed the Cedar Lake Cellars element. “We have wines from 25 different wine regions from around the world, including 10 wines we produce,” said Sutter, noting that 90 percent of the wines sold are those Carl Bolm (left) and Scott Sutter.  sporting the Cedar Lake label. Cedar Lake wine production is split Cedar Lake chefs provide. There also is an between Missouri and Paso Robles, Calif. excellent selection of beers for those who Among Cedar Lake’s California-produced prefer a brew, as well as soft drinks and wines are Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot waters. Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. “This is a destination attraction,” Bolm Missouri wines include Vignoles, Riesling, said. “We wanted to make ourselves differPink Sunset (blush wine), Norton (a full- ent, making the experience exceptional for bodied red, made from Missouri’s state our patrons.” grape), and Fire Truck (a sweet red wine Cedar Lake Cellars offers two sepanamed for the 1939 Ford fire truck). rate kitchens, featuring farm to fork cuiWhile Cedar Lake Cellars sells wine by sine. On the daily menu, guests will find the bottle, it also sells its wines to visi- soups, salads and sandwiches, along with tors by the glass – a unique and exciting bruschetta, antipasti and cheese platters – concept that complements the food service perfect for enjoying al fresco on spacious

landscaped grounds. With the weather getting warmer, live musical entertainment is planned each week, as well as special events. “We’re also in the planning stages of offering winemaker dinners,” Sutter said. Cedar Lake Cellars’ natural beauty and surroundings provide visitors with an exotic blend of serenity and energy, where friends and family can gather in an inviting environment. “Expect the unexpected,” Bolm said. “You have to come out and experience it for yourself.”





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Sapaugh GM Country exceeds what the client expects every time By BRIAN MCDOWELL

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Autullo Masonry Inc. Brick & stone contractor. 32 yrs in business in St. Louis. Our reputation is built on quality and service for all your masonry needs. Paving, sidewalks, patios, walls, fireplaces - indoor & outdoor, fire pits, tuck pointing and brick exteriors. Free Estimates. Insured. 636-394-5543.

MASTER PLUMBER. Water Heaters, Code Violations, Backflow Preventers. Basement bathrooms, Outdoor faucets. Licensed & Bonded, Fully Insured. No Job Too Large or Too Small. (314) 288-9952


West Wildwood Surveying, LLC

Mulch Mulch - All Types available. Delivery and dump and/or spread. Storm Damage Cleanup available. 573-631-0291.

ANYTHING IN PLUMBING Good Prices! Basement bathrooms, small repairs & code violations repaired. Fast Service. Call anytime: 314-409-5051

Painting Services

I LOVE TO PAINT!! Professional Painting Landscape Design and Installation

Retaining Walls • Paver Patios

FREE ESTIMATES (636)296-5050

Work Guaranteed • Insured • References

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Spring Clean-Up! Rock walls, patios, pruning, chainsaw work, e tc. Fr iendl y ser vice, with attention to detail. C a l l T o m 636.938.9874

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Bobcat Services

Family Owned & Operated. 10+ years experience. Fully Insured.

Call Ron 636-299-3904

Mike's Lawn Service Dependable, Responsible Mowing, shrub trimming, mulch, spring yard clean-up Seeding/ Fertilzation References

Mulching • Lawn Mowing & Fertilization • Retaining Walls & Paver Patios

• Landscape Design & Installation • Drainage Work • Landscape Lighting • Mole Trapping

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David (314) 732-FAUX (3289)

Decks- Playsets-Tie Walls- Fences- Hardwoods

Professional Outdoor Services


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DECK STAINING • BY BRUSH ONLY No Spraying • No Rolling • No Mess

PEDRO MARTINEZ LANDSCAPING A Cut Above! Year round Lawn Maintenence, leaf, bush & tree removal, spring clean-up. Mowing, mulching, bush & tree trimming, edging, retaining walls, drainage work, patios, fence installation/ repair and more. 636-237-5160 or 636-519-9190

*Mowing and Fertilization *Landscape Installation & Retaining Walls *Brush Pruning & Clearing

Wall & Ceiling Combo Special! • Paints, Glazes and More • • Cabinetry & Furniture Too • • Affordable Quality •

Karen's Painting Looking for a job done right the first time? On time? Neat & organized? Someone who respects your home like her own? Interior & exterior painting. Free estimates. Discounts on empty properties. Call KAREN 636352-0129

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314-852-5467 314-846-6499 Jim's Paint & Trim Service Interior & Exterior painting, crown and decoraInterior and Exterior Painting Power Washing tive moulding, wallpaper FULLY INSURED removal, texturing, wall and rotten wood re636-527-2501 pair. Call 636-778-9013

Riverside Painting Residential Interior and Exterior Painting. Insured.

Senior discount!

We just keep rolling it on!

Call Ken 636-391-1746 A-1 Custom Painting & Wallpapering

We handle your design needs, professionally trained. Faux finishes, texturing, marbling, graining. Interior & exterior, insured, FREE estimates. All work done by owner. 26 years experience. Call Ken or Hugo at 636-274-2922 or 314-640-4085

only $45 per inch

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KEViN'S PaiNT SERVicE Expert & Professional. New & old house interior/ exterior painting, drywall & acoustical ceiling repair. 25 years painting experience. Low rates/ Free Estimates. call Kevin 636-322-9784

We Use Environmentally Friendly - NO VOC Paints

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We take care of Pets in your home Where Pets Prefer

Pet Sitting & Dog Walking. POOP'R SCOOP'R Services Available! Insured

West County Pet Care 636-394-6852 314-401-5516


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Ranch Home on approx 15 ac. on private lane off Wild Horse Creek Rd. Minutes from Chesterfield Valley.

$1.25M (or will separate)

314-583-2664 Recycling WE BUY SCRAP METAL Copper, Alum, Brass, Stainless Steel, Lead & Car Batteries. FREE drop-off for steel, vinyl & cardboard.

25 Truitt Dr., Eureka, MO 63025

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Storm Clean-Up, Tree Trimming & Hauling

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County Stump Removal

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Chimneys, Walls, Spot & Solid Waterproofing, Caulking Do Own Work • No Job Too Small Licensed & Insured 38 years in business Free estimate 10% senior discount Credit cards accepted

314-484-1548 CLASSIfIEDS 636.591.0010 Waterproofing

Top Notch Waterproofing & Foundation Repair LLC. Foundation cracks, sub-pump systems, structural & concrete repairs. Serving Missouri for 15 yrs. Call for free estimate 636-281-6982. Finally, a contractor who is honest and leaves the job site clean. We offer Lifetime Warranties.

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Magnificent West County Custom Home! Provided by West Newsmagazine’s Advertising Department One-of-a-kind conveniently located home on 1.2 acres! This home sits on a scenic park-like setting on a sprawling corner lot with circular driveway and huge rear patio overlooking lush landscaping. Sculptured, beveled glass front doors, 2-story entry foyer. Spectacular kitchen with granite counters, Dacor appliances, Sub Zero built in fridge, and five burner gas range. Kitchen opens up to the giant great room with 18’ ceiling, full window wall overlooking backyard, and stone fireplace. Living room has 15’ ceiling and gorgeous wood treatment. Main floor master suite has fireplace, heated bathroom floor, oasis tub, oversized shower, and 2 walk-in

closets! Wood floors shine throughout the main floor and lower level. Upstairs are four additional bedrooms with Jack ‘n’ Jill bath and another full bath. Downstairs you will find a professionally finished walkout lower level with recreation room, 3rd fireplace, bar, full kitchen, guest bedroom suite with luxury bath including Jacuzzi tub, glass block windows and separate shower with granite surround! Over 7,000 square feet of living space throughout this amazing home! This is a first class custom built home with all the finest touches. Please call Kay Bova Realty today to schedule a showing of this home, or any other one of our special West County listings! Or, to see additional pictures of any of our listings you can go to our website at

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18000 TARA WOODS COURT CHESTERFIELD Exquisite 1.5 sty, classical details! Wood flrs, granite countertops, canned lights, tall ceilings. $799,900





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305 Remington Way Dr. - Ballwin - $425,000 133 Apache Dr. - Pacific - $320,000 603 Charbray - Ballwin - $265,000 Pristine “like new” one owner 2sty in Gorgeous 2-story with brick exterior, circular Stately 2-Story in great location! Beautiful Remington Place! First class upgrades, huge drive on 1.4 acres! Custom kitchen, big, corner lot, tons of potential throughout. mstr suite, bonus room. Over 3600 sq. ft.! bright open floor plan.

NE 17702 GARDENVIEW PLACE COURT WILDWOOD Custom 1.5 sty on cul-de-sac lot. Wood floors, stunning kitchen w/2sty hearth rm, see thru fireplace. $650,000

262 Cleta Ct. - Ballwin - $193,000 Meticulously maintained ranch on private Ballwin cul-de-sac! Vaulted ceilings, new roof, new appliances, updated baths and kitchen!


2325 CRIMSON VIEW COURT ELLISVILLE Sharp 2sty home with 4BR, 3.5ba, 3 car garage. Updated throughout, wood flrs, 42 cabinets. $399,900

1507 Wild Berry Ct. - Ballwin - $190,000 Bright 1.5 story on quiet cul-de-sac! Huge great room with fireplace and vaulted ceiling. Updated kitchen.


3345 JOHNS CABIN ROAD WILDWOOD Architectural gem on 4+ picturesque acres, 3 large BR, updated thru-out, great outdoor areas. $339,000









331 Jefferson Ave. - Valley Park - $192,500 Charming country setting on large lot, includes addl. side lots! Updated kitchen, finished LL, newer windows and roof.






1259 Robinview Ct. - Creve Coeur - $299,000 380 Genoa Dr. - Ballwin - $187,000 Fabulous 2-sty on cul-de-sac! Large rear Updated beauty in Ballwin! Big, bright and deck, FP, updated kitchen, great neighbor- open. 2 fireplaces, finished LL with wet bar, hood. 2.5 baths, beautifully updated kitchen.

Integrity Land Title Co. 11715 Administration Dr, Ste. 103 St. Louis, MO 63146 Office: 314-291-8102 458 GUNNISON GORGE DRIVE WILDWOOD Impeccable 2sty,gourmet kitchen w/granite, ss, gas cooktop, maple cab. Screen prch. $389,000


22 Forsythia Ln. - Olivette - $1,300,000 Magnificent one-of-a-kind custom home on 1 acre! First class elegance throughout. 7,000 sq. ft. Must See!

NE 2130 ENGLEWOOD CHESTERFIELD Magnificient atrium ranch! 5BR, 3ba. Soaring cath ceiling in GR, Subzero, Bosh & Miele appl. $475,000


Call today for your Financing Needs: Wendy Wallach Cell: (314) 374-0737

17504 THUNDER MOUNTAIN ROAD WILDWOOD Nestled in 3 secluded acres of towering trees is this 4BR greatroom ranch, minutes from Hwys. $292,000

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2012 MERAMEC MEADOWS DRIVE FENTON Great buy for this 2 story, 3BR, 2.5ba home. Formal LR & DR, fabulous family room with gas FP. $240,000

712 VALLEY VIEW MANCHESTER Spacious, neutral and large yard backing to trees. Finished W/O lower level w/family rm. $200,000

1614 RENOIR LANE UNINCORP 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch with many updated systems. Beautiful wood flooring. $179,000

1313 RUSTICVIEW DR (BALLWIN) Spacious 3BR/2ba home in convenient Ballwin subd. Updated kitchen. $249,900 16349 FULLERTON MEADOWS DR (BALLWIN) Open flr plan 2 sty in Rockwood Schl Dist. Screen porch. $247,900 190 BRAESHIRE DR (BALLWIN) Spacious 3BR, 2.5ba on beautiful wooded lot. Great rm w/stone fireplace. $199,900 721 WINDY RIDGE DR (BALLWIN) Vaulted & open flr pln on this townhome. 3BR, 2.5ba and 2 car garage. $179,900 704 AUBER DR (BALLWIN) Well cared for 3 bedroom ranch with level fenced yard. Updated baths. $159,900 1443 FOX HILL FARMS CIRCLE (CHESTERFIELD) Exceptional 1.5 sty, 5BR, custom staircase. $1,649,500 1418 WINDGATE WAY LN (CHESTERFIELD) Custom 1.5 sty, gorgeous 1.6 acre lot, inground pool. $1,125,000 13 CHESTERFIELD LAKES RD (CHESTERFIELD) A one of a kind, lakefront, contemporary estate. $950,000 1506 TIMBER POINT CT (CHESTERFIELD) Spacious ranch, lovely lot backs to trees, vaulted great rm, FP . $419,500 15124 BAXTON CT (CHESTERFIELD) Expanded villa, main flr master suite, large kitchen, main flr laundry. $339,900 1825 ORCHARD HILL DR (CHESTERFIELD) Updated 2sty, freshly painted inside & out. Maple cabinets. $289,900 1584 DEXTER WOODS DR (CHESTERFIELD) Outstanding value in Claymont Woods subdivision! $287,500 2156 FEDERAL WAY (CHESTERFIELD) Lovely 2 sty, large living rm, gracious dining rm, great rm with fireplace. $275,000 1709 WILSON AVE (CHESTERFIELD) 1 ac lot site terraced for home to be on a nice level area back to trees. $239,900 15925 COUNTRY RIDGE DR (CHESTERFIELD) 4BR, 2.5ba 2sty home, updated kitchen w/center island. $239,000

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2562 GROVER RIDGE DR (GROVER) Only 14 yr old 2 story 4BR in Rockwood Sch Dist. Vaulted mst suite. $245,000 194 BROOK VALLEY LN (PACIFIC) 2 sty home on almost one acre lot. 2BR, 1.5ba, 2 car detached garage. $139,900 235 DOULTON PLACE (TOWN & COUNTRY) Gracious 1.5 sty, Pebble Tech inground pool. 4BR + loft. $599,000 1500 AUTUMN LEAF (TWIN OAKS) Enjoy this resort like setting from this huge deck. 3BR/2 baths. $175,000 205 VISTAOAK (UNINCORP) Wonderful 3BR, 2ba split foyer, combined living rm and dining rm. $175,000 12550 WESTPORT DR (UNINC) Ranch3BR/2ba. Great neighborhood & locat. Parkway North schools. $149,900 17700 BIRCH LEAF CT (WILDWOOD) Stunning 2 sty, lush landscaping, wood flrs, wonderful great rm. $559,900 3801 TAMARA (WILDWOOD) Gorgeous ranch home on 10 acres. Features updated kitchen, inground pool. $399,900 1500 WINDWOOD HILLS (WILDWOOD) Nesteled on 3+ acre lot. Numerous updates, newer carpet thru-out. $375,000 2127 MINT SPRING LN (WILDWOOD) Beautiful 2 sty 4BR, 4ba on 3 wooded acres. Updated kitch w/granite. $375,000 16303 COPPERWOOD LN (WILDWOOD) One of the best 1.5sty 4BR,2.5ba. Level lot. Dramatic 2sty great rm. $299,900 3505 RATHBUN HILLS (WILDWOOD) Beautiful log home on 4.71 acres. 4BR, 3ba. Finished W/O lower level. $288,450 16336 NANTUCKET SOUND CT (WILDWOOD) Cul-de-sac in Nantucket Subdivision! Fin walkout LL. $279,900 110 WINDJAMMER LN (WILDWOOD) Beautiful 4BR, 2 sty in Lake Chesterfield. Silestone countertops. $275,000 2434 MAPLE CROSSING (WILDWOOD) Updated 1.5 sty. 4BR, 2.5ba, 2car. Updated kit & baths, main flr MBR. $269,000

Chesterfield Sales Office welcomes

Barb Woodham 314-346-2272 and Jason Woodham 314-583-8777 Call these fine agents today for your real estate needs! 1574 WALPOLE DR (CHESTERFIELD) Vacation at home with your own private pool ,sauna, 2 wb FP. $209,900 1231 CREVE COEUR CROSSING #B (CHESTERFIELD) Nicely updated 2BR, 2ba condo. LL W/O to patio. $109,900 214 FOX CHAPEL (CLARKSON VALLEY) Wonderful 1.5 story, updated to perfecion. 5BR/3 F/2H baths. Fin LL. $739,900 1704 PINEBERRY CT (CREVE COEUR) Spacious 2BR+loft & finished LL condo. Eat-in kitchn, LR/DR, 2.5ba. $154,900 11920 OLD BALLAS RD, #203 (CREVE COEUR) Open spacious floorplan, wood flrs in entry, living, dining rms. $149,900 16069 PIERSIDE LN (ELLISVILLE) New price! Motivated Seller. Custom 2sty, 3000sq ft. 2sty entry & GR. $325,000 1329 PARKVIEW ESTATES DR (ELLISVILLE) NEW price. Motivated Seller. 7 yr old townhouse. $137,500 134 CARMEL WOODS DR (ELLISVILLE) Beautiful updated 2 BR townhome. Fin walk out lower level. Patio. $117,000 6116 THORNTREE LN (EUREKA) 1.5 sty backing to golf course, 2 sty entry & great rm, kitchen w/granite. $434,900 17305 HIDDEN VALLEY DR (EUREKA) Beautiful 4.25ac. Build your dream home in Hidden Valley Forest Subd. $145,000


13344 Fairfield Circle $625,000 Town & Couontry

650 Spyglass Summit $489,900 Chesterfield

1318 Golden Point $299,900 St. Louis Unincorporated

1676 Blakefield Terrace $240,000 Ballwin

516 Woodlyn Crossing $219,900 Ballwin

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717 Spring Hill $274,900 Ballwin


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